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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521147/a-pilot-study-of-differential-brain-activation-to-suicidal-means-and-dna-methylation-of-cacna1c-gene-in-suicidal-attempt-patients
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Young Jong Kim, Hae Jeong Park, Geon-Ho Jahng, Sang Min Lee, Won Sub Kang, Su Kang Kim, Tae Kim, Ah Rang Cho, Jin Kyung Park
Suicide is a serious public health problem. In this study, we investigated functional brain changes to novel visual stimuli of suicidal means, DNA methylation status, and the relationship between the two markers. 14 suicidal attempt patients (SAs) and 22 healthy controls were included. Pictures of facial expressions and suicidal means were shown to subjects during fMRI scanning. 11 CpG sites within transcription factor binding site of CACNA1C gene were selected. In knives (K) vs. natural landscape (NL) condition, left middle frontal gyrus (Brodmann's area, BA 6 and 46) and left inferior frontal gyrus (BA 9) were shown to be significantly higher brain activation in the SAs than the controls (p<0...
May 13, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505152/a-predictive-coding-account-of-bistable-perception-a-model-based-fmri-study
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Veith Weilnhammer, Heiner Stuke, Guido Hesselmann, Philipp Sterzer, Katharina Schmack
In bistable vision, subjective perception wavers between two interpretations of a constant ambiguous stimulus. This dissociation between conscious perception and sensory stimulation has motivated various empirical studies on the neural correlates of bistable perception, but the neurocomputational mechanism behind endogenous perceptual transitions has remained elusive. Here, we recurred to a generic Bayesian framework of predictive coding and devised a model that casts endogenous perceptual transitions as a consequence of prediction errors emerging from residual evidence for the suppressed percept...
May 15, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482427/-correlation-between-the-clinical-symptoms-and-the-activation-pattern-of-brain-neurons-in-patients-with-obsessive-compulsive-disorder
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Q H Niu, J L Cheng, X Q Song, L Yang, C Y Chu, H Liu, L F Zhang, Y Li, Y H Li
Objective: To explore the correlation between clinical symptoms of patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and the activation pattern of brain neurons at resting. Methods: A total of 26 patients diagnosed with fist-episode OCD were selected and underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanning at resting state. The fMRI data were processed by statistical parametric mapping (SPM8), Data Processing Assistant for Resting-State fMRI Analysis Toolkit (DPARSFA), and Resting State fMRI Data Analysis Toolkit (REST) software...
May 9, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479979/the-evolution-of-intelligence-in-mammalian-carnivores
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Kay E Holekamp, Sarah Benson-Amram
Although intelligence should theoretically evolve to help animals solve specific types of problems posed by the environment, it is unclear which environmental challenges favour enhanced cognition, or how general intelligence evolves along with domain-specific cognitive abilities. The social intelligence hypothesis posits that big brains and great intelligence have evolved to cope with the labile behaviour of group mates. We have exploited the remarkable convergence in social complexity between cercopithecine primates and spotted hyaenas to test predictions of the social intelligence hypothesis in regard to both cognition and brain size...
June 6, 2017: Interface Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466554/motion-of-the-anterior-cruciate-ligament-acl-during-internal-and-external-rotation-at-the-knee-a-cadaveric-study
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J Peeler, J Anderson, S Piotrowski, G Stranges
INTRODUCTION: Despite advances in our understanding of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) anatomy and function, the change in position of the ACL during tibial rotation is not well understood. The purpose of this study was to quantify and compare the movements of the anteromedial (AM) and posterolateral (PL) bundles of the ACL during 15° of medial and lateral rotation (with & without a shear force). MATERIALS & METHODS: Cadaveric knees (12 male/12 female) were dissected and mounted at 90° of knee flexion...
May 2, 2017: Clinical Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431821/near-infrared-spectroscopy-as-a-predictor-for-shunt-requirement-during-carotid-endarterectomy
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M Jonsson, D Lindström, A Wanhainen, K Djavani Gidlund, P Gillgren
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) continuously monitors regional cerebral oxygenation (rSO2) in the frontal lobes. This method may be used in patients during carotid endarterectomy to indicate the need for shunting. The aim of the study was to evaluate the value of NIRS in determining the need for selective shunting during CEA. A secondary aim was to compare NIRS with stump pressure. METHODS: Between January 2013 and October 2016, 185 patients from two vascular units, undergoing CEA under local anaesthesia were prospectively included...
April 18, 2017: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428766/episodic-specificity-in-acquiring-thematic-knowledge-of-novel-words-from-descriptive-episodes
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Meichao Zhang, Shuang Chen, Lin Wang, Xiaohong Yang, Yufang Yang
The current study examined whether thematic relations of the novel words could be acquired via descriptive episodes, and if yes, whether it could be generalized to thematically related words in a different scenario. In Experiment 1, a lexical decision task was used where the novel words served as primes for target words in four conditions: (1) corresponding concepts of the novel words, (2) thematically related words in the same episodes as that in learning condition, (3) thematically related words in different episodes, or (4) unrelated words served as targets...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401047/neuroimaging-studies-of-cognitive-remediation-in-schizophrenia-a-systematic-and-critical-review
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Rafael Penadés, Alexandre González-Rodríguez, Rosa Catalán, Bàrbara Segura, Miquel Bernardo, Carme Junqué
AIM: To examine the effects of cognitive remediation therapies on brain functioning through neuroimaging procedures in patients with schizophrenia. METHODS: A systematic, computerised literature search was conducted in the PubMed/Medline and PsychInfo databases. The search was performed through February 2016 without any restrictions on language or publication date. The search was performed using the following search terms: [("cogniti*" and "remediation" or "training" or "enhancement") and ("fMRI" or "MRI" or "PET" or "SPECT") and (schizophrenia or schiz*)]...
March 22, 2017: World Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384269/amplitude-of-low-frequency-fluctuations-in-first-episode-drug-na%C3%A3-ve-depressive-patients-a-5-year-retrospective-study
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Kerang Zhang, Zhifen Liu, Xiaohua Cao, Chunxia Yang, Yong Xu, Ting Xu, Cheng Xu, Zhi Yang
Despite different treatments and courses of illness, depressive symptoms appear similar in bipolar disorder (BD) and major depressive disorder (MDD), causing BD with an onset of depressive episode being frequently misdiagnosed as MDD, and leading to inappropriate treatment and poor clinical outcomes. Therefore, there is an urgent need to explore underlying neural basis to distinguish BD from MDD. The medical records of 80 first-episode, drug-naïve depressive patients with an initial diagnosis of MDD and illness duration of at least 5 years were reviewed retrospectively for this study...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374730/-the-improvement-of-the-abilities-to-maintain-motor-coordination-and-equilibrium-in-the-students-presenting-with-the-functional-disorders-of-the-musculoskeletal-system-by-introducing-the-elements-of-therapeutic-physical-training-into-the-structure-of-academic
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L V Kapilevich, K V Davlet'yarova, N A Ovchinnikova
The problem of deterioration of the health status in the university students at present remains as topical as it was before being a major cause of impaired working capacity, disability and/or poor social adaptation of the large number of graduates. It has been proposed to introduce a class of therapeutic physical training (TPT) into the schedule of physical education for the students. AIM: The objective of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the formation of the skills needed to maintain motor coordination and equilibrium in the students presenting with the functional disorders of the musculoskeletal system (MSS) including scoliosis by the introduction of the elements of therapeutic physical training into their academic schedules...
2017: Voprosy Kurortologii, Fizioterapii, i Lechebnoĭ Fizicheskoĭ Kultury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339587/incisor-inclination-and-perceived-tooth-colour-changes
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Philip Ciucchi, Stavros Kiliaridis
Introduction: Social attractiveness is influenced by a variety of different smile-related factors. We evaluated whether the degree of upper central incisor proclination can result in tooth colour change. Methods: Forty young adult subjects (20-25 years) in good health with a complete sound dentition were selected. The subjects were seated in standardized light conditions with an above-directed light source. Their natural head position was stated as 0 degrees. To mimic the range of possible anterior torque movements they were asked to tilt their heads upward +15 degrees (upward tilting) and downward -15 degrees (downward tilting)...
January 25, 2017: European Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338359/optimizing-the-team-for-required-power-during-track-cycling-team-pursuit
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Levi Heimans, Wouter R Dijkshoorn, Marco J M Hoozemans, Jos J de Koning
PURPOSE: Since the aim of the men's team pursuit in time trial track cycling is to accomplish a distance of 4000m as fast as possible, optimizing aerodynamic drag can contribute to achieving this goal. The aim of this study is to determine the drafting effect in second, third and fourth position during the team pursuit in track cycling as a function of the team members' individual frontal areas in order to minimize the required power. METHOD: Eight experienced track cyclists of the Dutch national selection performed 39 trials of 3-km in different teams of four cyclists at a constant velocity of 15...
March 24, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298302/visual-and-presaccadic-activity-in-area-8ar-of-the-macaque-monkey-lateral-prefrontal-cortex
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Kelly R Bullock, Florian Pieper, Adam J Sachs, Julio C Martinez-Trujillo
Common trends observed in many visual and oculomotor-related cortical areas include retinotopically organized receptive and movement fields exhibiting a Gaussian shape and increasing size with eccentricity. These trends are demonstrated in the frontal eye fields (FEF), many visual areas, and the superior colliculus (SC), but have not been thoroughly characterized in prearcuate area 8Ar of the prefrontal cortex. This is important since area 8Ar, located anterior to the FEF, is more cytoarchitectonically similar to prefrontal areas than premotor areas...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296431/does-unbelted-safety-requirement-affect-protection-for-belted-occupants
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Jingwen Hu, Kathleen D Klinich, Miriam A Manary, Carol A C Flannagan, Prabha Narayanaswamy, Matthew P Reed, Margaret Andreen, Mark Neal, Chin-Hsu Lin
OBJECTIVE: Federal regulations in the United States require vehicles to meet occupant performance requirements with unbelted test dummies. Removing the test requirements with unbelted occupants might encourage the deployment of seat belt interlocks and allow restraint optimization to focus on belted occupants. The objective of this study is to compare the performance of restraint systems optimized for belted-only occupants with those optimized for both belted and unbelted occupants using computer simulations and field crash data analyses...
March 15, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295877/neuroscientific-insights-into-the-development-of-analogical-reasoning
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Kirstie J Whitaker, Michael S Vendetti, Carter Wendelken, Silvia A Bunge
Analogical reasoning, or the ability to find correspondences between entities based on shared relationships, supports knowledge acquisition. As such, the development of this ability during childhood is thought to promote learning. Here, we sought to better understand the mechanisms by which analogical reasoning about semantic relations improves over childhood and adolescence (e.g. chalk is to chalkboard as pen is to…?). We hypothesized that age-related differences would manifest as differences in the brain regions associated with one or more of the following cognitive functions: (1) controlled semantic retrieval, or the ability to retrieve task-relevant semantic associations; (2) response control, or the ability to override the tendency to respond to a salient distractor; and/or (3) relational integration, or the ability to consider jointly two mental relations...
March 12, 2017: Developmental Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272263/response-inhibition-is-more-effortful-than-response-activation-behavioral-and-electrophysiological-evidence
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Heming Gao, Mingming Qi, Qi Zhang
The present study aimed to measure the response inhibition by embedding a secondary probe task within a Go/NoGo paradigm. The response time for the probe and the time course of the discrimination process for the probe shown by event-related potentials were measured to investigate the effect of response inhibition. The results showed that the probe response time were longer for the NoGo-probes versus Go-probes, indicating a more cognitively demanding process in processing NoGo stimuli. The event-related potential results showed that the NoGo stimuli evoked a more positive frontal P3 component relative to the Go stimuli...
May 3, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269775/reduction-of-rpt6-s8-a-proteasome-component-and-proteasome-activity-in-the-cortex-is-associated-with-cognitive-impairment-in-lewy-body-dementia
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Amani Alghamdi, Julie Vallortigara, David R Howlett, Martin Broadstock, Tibor Hortobágyi, Clive Ballard, Alan J Thomas, John T O'Brien, Dag Aarsland, Johannes Attems, Paul T Francis, David R Whitfield
Lewy body dementia is the second most common neurodegenerative dementia and is pathologically characterized by α-synuclein positive cytoplasmic inclusions, with varying amounts of amyloid-β (Aβ) and hyperphosphorylated tau (tau) aggregates in addition to synaptic loss. A dysfunctional ubiquitin proteasome system (UPS), the major proteolytic pathway responsible for the clearance of short lived proteins, may be a mediating factor of disease progression and of the development of α-synuclein aggregates. In the present study, protein expression of a key component of the UPS, the RPT6 subunit of the 19S regulatory complex was determined...
2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266320/different-functioning-of-prefrontal-cortex-predicts-treatment-response-after-a-selective-serotonin-reuptake-inhibitor-treatment-in-patients-with-major-depression
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Koji Masuda, Mari Nakanishi, Kana Okamoto, Chiwa Kawashima, Harumi Oshita, Ayako Inoue, Fuku Takita, Toshihiko Izumi, Yoshinobu Ishitobi, Haruka Higuma, Masayuki Kanehisa, Taiga Ninomiya, Yoshinori Tanaka, Jotaro Akiyoshi
BACKGROUND: Major depressive disorder (MDD) is often resistant to treatment with usual approaches. Patients with MDD have shown hypofunction of the frontotemporal cortex in verbal fluency test (VFT)-related near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). METHODS: We examined whether the reactions to drug treatment in treatment-naive patients with MDD could be predicted by NIRS outcomes at the initial investigation. All subjects underwent psychological testing to determine levels of anxiety and depression...
May 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261084/hybrid-eeg-fnirs-based-eight-command-decoding-for-bci-application-to-quadcopter-control
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Muhammad Jawad Khan, Keum-Shik Hong
In this paper, a hybrid electroencephalography-functional near-infrared spectroscopy (EEG-fNIRS) scheme to decode eight active brain commands from the frontal brain region for brain-computer interface is presented. A total of eight commands are decoded by fNIRS, as positioned on the prefrontal cortex, and by EEG, around the frontal, parietal, and visual cortices. Mental arithmetic, mental counting, mental rotation, and word formation tasks are decoded with fNIRS, in which the selected features for classification and command generation are the peak, minimum, and mean ΔHbO values within a 2-s moving window...
2017: Frontiers in Neurorobotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238814/neural-basis-of-cognitive-assessment-in-alzheimer-disease-amnestic-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-subjective-memory-complaints
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Jordi A Matías-Guiu, María Nieves Cabrera-Martín, María Valles-Salgado, Alicia Pérez-Pérez, Teresa Rognoni, Teresa Moreno-Ramos, José Luis Carreras, Jorge Matías-Guiu
INTRODUCTION: Interpreting cognitive tests is often challenging. The same test frequently examines multiple cognitive functions, and the functional and anatomical basis underlying test performance is unknown in many cases. This study analyses the correlation of different neuropsychological test results with brain metabolism in a series of patients evaluated for suspected Alzheimer disease. METHODS: 20 healthy controls and 80 patients consulting for memory loss were included, in which cognitive study and (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose PET were performed...
February 3, 2017: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
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